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slack off

1. To reduce or decrease over time. Most of the businesses on the island close up for the year once the summer business starts to slack off toward the end of August. The winds began slacking off as the hurricane shifted course out to sea.
2. To be or become lazy; to procrastinate or avoid work or one's duty. If you keep slacking off, we'll be forced to give you a formal warning. I should have been working on my essay, but I decided to slack off for the weekend with my friends.
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slack off

 
1. to taper off; to reduce gradually. Business tends to slack off during the winter months. The storms begin to slack off in April.
2. [for someone] to become lazy or inefficient. Near the end of the school year, Sally began to slack off, and her grades showed it. John got fired for slacking off during the busy season.
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slack off

Decrease in activity or intensity, as in If business ever slacks off we can go on vacation, or When the project fell behind schedule again, she thought we were slacking off. [Second half of 1800s]
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slack off

v.
1. To decrease in activity or intensity: Tourism on Cape Cod usually slacks off around September.
2. To evade work; shirk: High school seniors tend to slack off once they get accepted to college.
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And even though she's finally set to pack away the books next June and graduate she insists it won't mean slacking off.
We're not slacking off at all and we're looking forward to a hard game.
Evans, 28, who returned to the starting line-up against the Canaries after recovering from a hamstring problem, insists he and his Albion teammates are not slacking off.
The target to double the number of apprenticeships in the North East over four years is a stiff one, but it is vital there is no slacking off in trying to achieve it.
The sight of Federer in relentless full flow against Murray reminded Robertson that slacking off once ahead should never be an option.
Mazen Mneimneh took on the mantle in the second quarter as Champville held a 14 point lead before again slacking off to finish the half at 45-38.
He will tell the other lads if he thinks they're slacking off and doesn't mind being shown things himself.
Roger Federer has it worked in terms of what he does on his days off and Murray would be better slacking off.
Making Work at Home Work: Successfully Growing A Business and a Family Under One Roof" is a guide to working at home, and how to make sure one gets work done instead of slacking off.
Although he won't be hiring any celebs to work for his company, he will be laying down the law if contestants are found slacking off.
Fergie showed in his expert handling of Eric Cantona that there are many things he will tolerate but Berbatov - potentially the closest thing to Cantona the Premier League possesses - should be aware that disrespecting your team-mates by slacking off is not one of Fergie's forgivables.
Forrester doled out quarterly evaluations of enterprise CRM vendors to find out who is best in class and who has been slacking off in the back row.
They also warned 180 other students to beware and stop slacking off.
There is an allowance of slacking off because they are tired from fasting,'' said Haddad, adding that employers in the U.
Right away, my parents realized they had been too hard on me and, although they did want me to get better grades, they came to the realization that my problem wasn't about slacking off at school.